At least three people have been reported killed in one of the Borno communities targeted by Boko Haram on Saturday in the Hawul Local Government Area.
Isa Gusau, spokesman for Governor Babagana Zulum, also reported that during the assault on the four villages, the insurgents destroyed classrooms, places of worship and other buildings.
“The attack on Saturday on schools, shops and places of worship destroyed by the insurgents affected about four communities, including Tashan Alade, Shafa, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Debro,” Mr Gusau said in a statement on Sunday.
In Shafa, three people, including two hunters and a civilian, were killed. The insurgents, who also vacated shops and market stalls, plundered thousands of bags of farm produce recently harvested by farmers.
The spokesperson said that when the attack occurred, Mr Zulum was not in the state but has since returned to the state and visited some of the affected communities.
Mr. Zulum, he said, flew from Abuja to Maiduguri on Sunday, and took a military chopper on arrival to visit the four communities that had been raided on Saturday night.
He clarified that the governor had left Maiduguri for Katsina on Thursday en route to Abuja for a series of scheduled events, but that the trip after the attack had to be cut short.
Mr Gusau said, “Governor Zulum was in Yimirshika, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Shafa.”
Mr. Zulum reportedly ordered the immediate rebuilding of buildings, including a police station and market stalls, after evaluating the extent of damage wrought on the communities.
Mr. Zulum reportedly ordered the supply of six patrol vehicles and other components in Shafa to reinforce the local security network in the community, while he directed the supply of surveillance vehicles to hunters and vigilantes in Yamirshika.